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Large Door Openings Made Easy

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Large openings are a popular inclusion in the modern home, but loading and structural movements that cause few problems with regular sized door openings can have very significant consequences in a bigger opening. Your structural engineer will generally be able to ensure your building complies with all statutory regulations and does not fall down, but the movement of and around large openings can often cause unnecessary problems for the builder or the homeowner.

Here, Centor explores three of the most common problems that can arise with large openings and shows how all of them are avoidable if planned for in advance.

Invisible Doors: How to Stylishly Hide the Doors In Your Projects

02:30 - 16 October, 2018
Invisible Doors: How to Stylishly Hide the Doors In Your Projects, Linvisibile Alba Infinito Hinged Door, Microcement Finish. Image Courtesy of Linvisibile
Linvisibile Alba Infinito Hinged Door, Microcement Finish. Image Courtesy of Linvisibile

Sometimes a door can be a huge headache in a project. Think of a continuous, clean facade... having a door in the middle of it can ruin the clarity of the design. But a door need not be the traditional wood-paneled, brass-knobbed portal most of us are used to, much less an eyesore. 

But what if they could disappear from sight entirely? We’ve all dreamed of hidden passages and secret rooms tucked away in our homes. But for these to work, the entry must be disguised or hidden itself. 

Linvisibile Alba Infinito Hinged Door. Image Courtesy of Linvisibile Linvisibile Alba Hinged door . Image Courtesy of Linvisibile Linvisibile Brezza Vertical Pivot Door. Image Courtesy of Linvisibile Brezza Bilico Verticale Metal. Image Courtesy of Linvisibile + 19

"Doors of Kathmandu" Captures the Vital Social Spaces of Nepal's Capital City

14:10 - 10 July, 2017
"There is a tradition of offering prayers at the door every morning. The two red dots are the offerings to the 'Dwarpals' (security guards)". Image © Nipun Prabhakar
"There is a tradition of offering prayers at the door every morning. The two red dots are the offerings to the 'Dwarpals' (security guards)". Image © Nipun Prabhakar

In this series, architect and photographer Nipun Prabhakar captures the uniquely expressive doors of the city of Kathmandu, Nepal. More than just passageways between spaces, doorways in Kathmandu are used as social spaces where people regularly meet and as a physical representation of the building owner’s interests.

Prabhakar explains:

“The most versatile piece in a building, [the door] has been a mode of expression [for] ages. The door in apartments and modern societies is just a mode of a transition from outside to inside. In traditional cities and neighborhoods, like that of Kathmandu, it’s much more than that. It’s the place where people spend most of their time. Sitting at the Chaukhat, socializing and chatting. The door is not just a tangible unit, it’s the respect you give to your building.”

"There is a tradition of offering prayers at the door every morning. The two red dots are the offerings to the 'Dwarpals' (security guards)". Image © Nipun Prabhakar Patan Darbar Square. Image © Nipun Prabhakar © Nipun Prabhakar © Nipun Prabhakar + 28

Ricky Gui Documents Over 600 Hidden Doors Around Singapore

06:00 - 12 December, 2016
Ricky Gui Documents Over 600 Hidden Doors Around Singapore, Courtesy of Ricky Gui
Courtesy of Ricky Gui

Ricky Gui showcases a stunning series of "Hidden Doors" located behind shophouses in Singapore. Working for over a year, Gui highlighted over 600 "Hidden Doors"in his documentation. These doors are usually looked over as they hide behind shophouses and alleyways where people are unlikely to venture into. 

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11 Historical Examples of How to Design Doorways, as Selected by Sketchfab

10:00 - 31 August, 2016
11 Historical Examples of How to Design Doorways, as Selected by Sketchfab

Our friends at Sketchfab have noticed a recurring trend: among the many 3D scans shared on their platform, a significant number are of historical doorways. Often neglected in today’s designs, doors and doorways are essential physical and mental transition points between the interior and the exterior of a building. While Mies van der Rohe’s strive for visual continuity and the use of glass doors has some critical advantages, it is not applicable – or only poorly applicable – to every design case. Fortunately, history shows that visually and spatially differentiating doors and doorways from the rest of a facade can be a resourceful alternative.

With this set of 3D models selected by Sketchfab, viewers can explore historical doorways online and discover the spatial sequences that they can offer. From framed, indented, raised, lowered, protruding and ornamented doors, these models clearly showcase the various design strategies available for you to keep your doorway design options open.

André Vicente Gonçalves Documents Hundreds of Doors and Windows Around the World

06:00 - 24 March, 2016

Photographer André Vicente Gonçalves has revealed his latest project, “Doors of the World,” documenting hundreds of doors from cities around the world. Gonçalves has previously produced a photo series of hundreds of windows internationally titled “Windows of the World,” citing his interest in the way that such a small element of architecture expresses so much about its inhabitants and the human sense of security.

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 6 – Walking Through the Doors of Porto

12:00 - 5 March, 2015

We teamed up with Building Pictures, Filipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last 20 years.

The series was launched in December 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we presented the series’ fifth episode on Porto’s textures, and now we present Episode 6 – Doors. Read the producers’ description of the video after the break.

Enter "Doors" - Our Newest Pinterest Board

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
Enter "Doors" - Our Newest Pinterest Board, Studio X Beijing / O.P.E.N. Architecture. Image © ShuHe
Studio X Beijing / O.P.E.N. Architecture. Image © ShuHe

As Mies van der Rohe said, “God is in the details.” And what detail could be more important than the door - that pivotal point where architecture first greets the user? To help inspire, we’ve created a new Pinterest board dedicated entirely to functionally adept and beautifully designed doorways.

You can view the board, here, and continue after the break for a selection of the board’s most popular doors...

VIDEO: Klemens Torggler's Mesmerizing, Rotating Door

00:00 - 9 February, 2014

Austrian company Klemens Torggler have recently invented the "Evolution Door," a very cool new door that slides itself open/closed - without the use of tracks. A special system of rotating squares means the door just requires a gentle nudge to close, and then momentum takes care of the rest. Words can't really explain the cool factor, so check out the video above and another after the break!